|SCULPTOR, MEDALIST (SWITZERLAND)|
BORN 15 Apr 1848, Wolfwil, Gäu - DIED 19 Jul 1919, Zürich|
GRAVE LOCATION Zürich: Friedhof Sihlfeld A (FG 81025)
After an apprenticeship as a plasterer, he lived for 13 years in Rome where he worked for the sculptor Ferdinand Schlöth (1818-1891) and possibly took over his studio after Schlöth returned to Switzerland. At the Landesausstellung in Zürich in 1883 his portrait bust of Alfred Escher attracted attention. He received a commission for a large fountain, The Alfred-Escher-Brunnen (1889), near the main station in Zürich.
He settled in Zürich where he had a large studio at Klausstrase 10. In 1892 he created the monument for Wilhelm Tell in Altdorf. It appeared on coins and stamps in Switserland. In 1897 he was one of the founding members of the Künstlervereinigung Zürich. In 1912 his monument for Rival in Manila was unveiled. He died in 1919 in Zürich.